Teen promoter’s Easter fest

Danny Mahon
Danny Mahon

A TEENAGE music promoter is putting on a packed line-up of top local talent for Easter next week.

Danny Simm, 14, is organising Easter Simfest at Indiependence on Wednesday, April 4, following the success of the first Simfest, which was held to raise money for charity in January.

The evening will get off to a powerful start with Junction 23’s mix of funk bass lines, tight drum grooves, indie and Britpop vocals and Warrington-based rockers Fool’s Parade, before The Order, formed of Winstanley College students, will play their hometown with a set of covers and original rock tunes.

Two bands from Newton-le-Willows will also showcase their music on the Easter Simfest stage, with The K’s and Loor a Los Heroes bringing their takes on indie and pop music to the Indiependence stage.

The line-up is headlined by acoustic guitarist singer-songwriter Danny Mahon, who has been making waves on the Manchester music scene and has performed across the north of England.

Hindley High School pupil Danny says he can’t wait for the evening and is excited about putting on more gigs this year, having put together a six-strong promoting team under the name Simfest UK.

He said: “After the original Simfest I realised I just loved putting on events and promoting bands, so I thought I would do another one.

“I visited Indiependence for an all-ages show and got talking to the staff, and they said I should put something on here. From there it’s all come together quite quickly, which I’m really pleased about because I think it’s a brilliant venue.

“I wanted the line-up to showcase what are, in my opinion, Wigan’s best indie bands. Junction 23 and Loor a Los Heroes put on a brilliant show at the first Simfest, so I had to bring them back.

“I think there’s bands with a brilliant future on the bill, and I can’t thank Danny Mahon enough for agreeing to travel over from Manchester to headline it.”

Easter Simfest will be held on Wednesday, April 4, at Indiependence on King Street. Entrance is £5, pay on the door, which will include a free soft drink.

Doors will open at 5.30pm, with the first band on stage at 5.45pm, and the gig will finish at around 10.30pm.